Lib Dem scientists announce their ‘Team Science’ candidates

Aldes — the Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists — have put together a shortlist of Liberal Democrat MPs and parliamentary candidates who they think can play in important role in the Commons thanks to their background and/or interest in science.

As Aldes explain:

The Team Science campaign thinks that candidates with a background in science, engineering, technology and medicine have a great deal to contribute to politics and are currently underrepresented in Parliament. For this reason we are championing support for the following team of Lib Dem candidates in the 2015 general election.

And here is ‘Team Science’:

  • Judith Bunting (Newbury): a Natural Sciences graduate with an inorganic chemistry focus and a career as a TV science director, working on programmes including Tomorrow’s World and Horizon
  • Lucy Care (Derby North): an Engineering Science graduate and Chartered Engineer with a career in the manufacturing sector
  • Dr Julian Huppert MP (Cambridge): holder of a PhD in Natural Sciences and the only MP to have had a science research career
  • Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon): a Physics graduate with a career spent teaching Physics and Maths
  • Dr Jenny Woods (Reading East): holder of a PhD in astrophysics and currently working to connect policymakers with academic research to drive evidence-informed policy
  • Simon Wright MP (Norwich South): a Maths graduate and former maths teacher as well as being Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Space Committee

More over on Aldes’s site.

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  • Daniel Henry 6th Nov '14 - 3:27pm

    I would love to see all six elected or reelected in May.

    Very best of luck to Team Science!!

  • Helen Tedcastle 6th Nov '14 - 4:05pm

    Is maths a science? It’s debatable that the entire field is. It straddles arts and sciences so should not strictly be in ‘team science.’ How about ‘team education’? Sounds far more inclusive to me 😉

  • Daniel Henry 6th Nov '14 - 4:08pm

    Yeah, but then you’d have to include all the humanities as well!

    How about team STEM?

  • Daniel Henry 6th Nov '14 - 4:09pm

    (I think Maths is counted as a Science at university – Maths degrees are BSc rather than BA.)

  • matt (Bristol) 6th Nov '14 - 5:06pm

    Is there a LibDem campaign to further the cause of cultural history so I can join the group and back any MPs who studied or teach it and therefore share my vices?

  • They do science at Oxbridge – I thought they only awarded BA’s 🙂
    [Aside: the above is bit of a dig at those who think science degrees can only be BSc.]

    Given the complaints about the disproportionate numbers of MP’s who were educated at a few select education establishments, it is a shame that the LibDems are listing three people with Oxbridge degrees (Judith Bunting, Dr. Julian Huppert and Dr Jenny Woods), with the other three effectively representing Durham (Lucy Care) and Imperial (Layla Moran and Simon Wright). I hope that “Team Science” can encourage STEM graduates from other universities to come forward. But definitely a step in the right direction as it opens another debate about the skills and experience we should be looking for in our MP’s.

  • Daniel Henry 6th Nov '14 - 5:29pm

    That wasn’t what I said Roland.
    I believe you just “affirmed the consequent”. :p

  • “Is maths a science?”

    It’s the Queen of the Sciences.

  • To say Maths is not a science, would be like saying music is not an art.

  • Helen Tedcastle 7th Nov '14 - 10:25am

    Liberal Al
    It’s a genuine debate whether maths is just a science – it is a broad subject and does not just involve logical propositions, deductions and quantifiable outcomes but aesthetics and philosophy. In fact music can be quite mathematical, so you make my point for me. Maths is ‘queen of sciences’ in the sense that science is a form of knowledge. Though again, other subjects may disagree! Go team education!

  • matt (Bristol) 7th Nov '14 - 10:52am

    Is this list in part a consequence that these candidates all have relatively major research institutes in their prospective constitutencies and they are felt likely to have large resident populations of those dependent on the science industry?

  • Helen – totally agree, in my opinion to do maths well you do need an artistic streak.
    I think this artistic awareness and the ability to bring it to bear on a STEM subject is part of what distinguishes a great practitioner of science.

    As for the maths of music, it reminds me of the time I spent at Uni. with a house mate who was studying music and who’s passion was jazz, both myself learning and helping them understand the maths behind the particular branch of jazz music they were studying and attempting to play. Plus we shouldn’t forget that maths is fundamental to the change ringing of church bells; part of the UK’s English heritage.

  • SIMON BANKS 7th Nov '14 - 11:45am

    Maths is absolutely not the queen of science because you can’t have science without maths. You can have a country without a queen.

  • Daniel Henry 7th Nov '14 - 12:15pm

    Helen, couldn’t all the things you’ve said about Maths also be said about Science though?

    I think something counts as a “science” if the necessary methodologies can be applied to it. Doesn’t mean it can’t also be treated artistically.

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